Summer’s almost here in Nebraska, and that means it’s time for fun in the sun and evening cookouts with family and friends. If your family has children, summer is the perfect opportunity to enjoy time outdoors with them, but safety must always be prioritized. Children are at a higher risk for injury during the summer due to the amount of time most kids spend outside.
Here are 6 summer safety tips for Nebraska families:
Supervise Your Kids Around Water
Whether your children are swimming, playing near a pool, playing in a shallow kiddie pool, or running through the front yard sprinklers, always keep an eye on your kids whenever they’re around water. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death during the summer months and can almost always be prevented.
According to U.S. and Nebraska laws, a driver is defined as intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol any time their Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) is over 0.08%. If you’re pulled over for any reason and are tested to have this much alcohol in your bloodstream, you can be given a DUI/DWI even if you were not pulled over due to any noticeable driving impairment.
It’s important to note, however, that even alcohol levels under 0.08% can cause a deadly car crash. Here are the facts you need to know regarding how much alcohol it takes to become impaired in Nebraska:
At Welsh & Welsh, we work hard to protect victims of accidents who feel powerless or overcome by circumstances they did not cause. In addition to helping victims of personal injury accidents, we’re also advocators of groups that make it their mission to educate the public about legal rights. Among these integral rights is Title IX, a federal law which protects students from being discriminated against in schools based on gender. As part of this law, institutions of higher education are required to “take immediate and effective steps to end sexual harassment and sexual violence.”
Title IX is essential to our nation’s colleges and universities, but it also plays a role in K-12 schools around the nation. Unfortunately, elementary and middle/high schools are not governed by the same requirement that governs colleges and universities regarding sexual harassment and sexual violence policies. In an educational series published by the Public Justice organization and the Associated Press, you can read just one example case of a Maine student who was sexually abused by other students and did not receive the necessary protection from his school officials.
A TBI or traumatic brain injury is an injury caused by a blow to the head or puncture wound that causes damage to the brain. In the most severe cases of TBIs, recovery may be impossible or involve years of therapy, surgeries, and/or medication. Victims of a traumatic brain injury often find it difficult to live the life they once knew. We tend to think that TBIs are rare, but over 1.4 million Americans suffer from some form of a traumatic brain injury today.
One form of TBIs that many individuals do not know about is MTBIs, or minor traumatic brain injuries. An MTBI is the most prevalent form of TBI and is defined as any impact or forceful motion of the head which causes a brief change in mental status or consciousness. Severe TBIs often cause long-lasting changes in mental status or consciousness, but when an individual loses consciousness for even a brief second or two, this can still be defined as an MTBI.
Advances in modern medicine have resulted in the development of new drugs and medications that are beneficial for improving the quality and the length of life for individuals with various diseases. Some of these drugs however, are capable of producing serious side effects that are harmful to consumers. A drug manufacturer’s failure to properly test new drugs for safety or warn consumers of potential side effects can cause innocent people to suffer injuries. Here are a few of the most common dangerous drug lawsuits today:
Risperdal is an antipsychotic drug that is used for treating mental illness, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. In 2012 and again in 2013, a judge ordered Risperdal’s manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, to pay settlements to consumers who suffered serious side effects as a result of taking the drug. Johnson & Johnson was also punished for illegally paying kickbacks to physicians and nursing homes, encouraging them to frequently prescribe the drug. Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome, Tardive Dyskinesia, diabetes, high blood sugar, and stroke are all potential devastating side effects of taking the drug.
On April 25th, a major accident between a school bus and a passenger vehicle left 5 people in Omaha, Nebraska– including at least one student– injured. The accident occurred on Tuesday afternoon at 63rd Street and Ames Avenue. The bus was driving eastbound on Ames and turning left on to northbound 63rd when the 2007 Hyundai Sonata, traveling westbound, struck the school bus.
According to Sgt. Chuck Casey who arrived on-scene, the Sonata was traveling “at an extremely high rate of speed.” The crash occurred at 4:31 in the afternoon. According to witnesses who saw the accident, at least one victim appeared to be pinned under the vehicle after the crash. The Hyundai struck the bus near its rear wheel. Debris was strewn across the intersection. When police arrived, they reported that the Hyundai’s front half had been torn apart.
Dog bites are an unfortunate occurrence that happen frequently all over the United States. Dogs generally are safe animals and are not naturally aggressive towards humans. Negligent pet owners and irresponsible inbreeding can result in a dog having mental instabilities and tendencies for aggressive behavior.
Dog bite laws exist in states all across the country. These laws aim to protect the victims of dog bites and hold owners accountable for their dog’s dangerous actions. A dog bite victim can recover compensation for any damages that occur as a result of being bitten. However, a special dog bite statute exists in the state of Nebraska, stating that dog bite law does not apply if the dog caused the accident through playfulness or mischievousness.
One of the things you’ll hear most often from personal injury lawyers is that personal injury cases are innately complex. Medical malpractice claims, product liability claims, premises liability claims, and nursing home abuse claims tend to be among the most complicated. But why is that, exactly? Why are these types of claims so complex?
The answer to that question is also complex. Firstly, it’s important to understand that there is rarely any type of personal injury that’s defined as “cookie cutter” so to speak. Personal injury cases are generally rare instances. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t be civil cases. Civil claims—which include personal injury claims—are matters which occur rarely and can ideally be prevented with best practice measures.
If you or a loved one is a Nebraska resident and has been injured or has suffered due to a product that was defective, manufactured poorly, or falsely advertised, you may be considering contacting a product liability attorney. If this is the case, congratulations. You’re considering a decision that may protect others from being hurt or injured in the same way. Defective product lawsuits give U.S. citizens a way to speak against injustices and improve how products are made and delivered.
You should also be aware that proving product liability cases in Nebraska can be extremely complex. There are many things you and your attorney will need to prove for your case to be successful. It’s an unfortunate fact that most product manufacturers have powerful legal departments and will try and find every loophole they can to refute your claim. Without solid evidence and an experienced personal injury lawyer, your cause may not hold much ground.
Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed because a doctor or other health care professional failed to competently perform their medical duties. Medical malpractice cases are often very complicated. To prove that medical malpractice occurred, you must be able to prove several things to the court in the state in which the incident occurred. For Nebraska residents, your case will need to be according to Nebraska laws.
In Nebraska, the first thing you will need to prove during a medical malpractice case is that a doctor-patient relationship existed. This means you agreed to hire the doctor and the doctor agreed to be hired. Casual advice from a doctor you know personally or consulting a physician who does not treat you directly cannot be held responsible for your injury.